Cub Scouting: Boys and Girls - Kindergarten through Fifth Grade
The Cub Scouting program is uniquely designed to meet the needs of young families, through
offering fun and challenging experiences that children and their parents do together.
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Children grow up fast. Give your child a valuable gift by encouraging him or her to join Cub Scouting today. The time you invest in your child today will make a difference in the person he or she becomes tomorrow.
Scouting is provided locally in neighborhoods across the country through churches, community organizations, or other groups of interested citizens.
Cub Scouting makes a big difference in the course of a child's life. From developmental years to adulthood, research shows Scouts gain life skills that set them apart long after their days in pack meetings.
Cub Scouting has program components for children in kindergarten through fifth grades (or ages 5 through 10). Members join a Cub Scout pack and are assigned to a den, usually a neighborhood group of six to eight boys or girls:
- Kindergarten dens are Lions and meet once or twice a month,
- First-graders are Tigers that meet twice a month,
- Second-graders are Wolves that meet weekly,
- Third-graders are Bears that meet weekly,
- Fourth Graders are Webelos, that meet weekly, and
- Fifth-graders are Webelos II or AOL (Arrow of Light) Scouts that also meet weekly.
All of the dens and family members gather together once a month for a pack meeting under the direction of a Cubmaster and pack committee. The committee includes parents of children in the pack and members of the chartered organization.
Aside from the fun and friendship of Cub Scouts, a Tufts study of more than 2,000 Cub Scouts and non-Scouts showed there were other big wins for kids who were part of the program.
If you sign your child up for Cub Scouts, he or she will benefit from these three key character-building attributes:
- Goal Orientation – Scouting provides a clear path for kids to succeed at making and achieving tough goals. Whether working toward achieving a new Scouting rank or striving to gain a new skill, Scouts are constantly working toward reaching measurable goals. Not only do these achievements follow a Scout throughout life, but he or she also establishes the habit of setting and striving for personal, academic, and professional goals as an adult.
- Leadership – Scouting provides consistent opportunities for Scouts to learn and practice leadership skills. Leading projects and peers is the norm for kids in the program. As Scouts mature in rank, their leadership abilities continue to grow and they’re offered even more opportunities to lead. This helps kids develop into adults who standout as leaders in their workplaces and communities.
- Preparedness – Scouting builds life skills (like learning to conquer hard tasks) by facing challenges head-on. The program is structured so that what once seemed impossible to a Scout becomes attainable, a positive cycle that prepares youth for the undoubted challenges they will meet in life.
If you’re seeking a program for your kids to build skills for life, the benefits of being a Cub Scout are important to consider. Learn more about Cub Scouts and find a pack in your area by heading to Be a Scout.